Monday, June 24, 2019

Louis Vuitton Foundation, The Building

We were in Paris in 2014 as the construction of the Louis Vuitton Foundation was in its closing weeks. Having seen Frank Gehry's spectacular Guggenheim Museum/Balboa edifice (twice; just search Gehry), we were sure to see the LVF, another of his works, on our next visit. Our next visit was in 2016 or so, and the exhibition within was unappealing. The next year, the treatment of the building, like a huge picnic table cloth, was similarly unappealing. This year, however, the temporary exhibition was of Impressionist paintings, and the building was itself unadorned, and so, along with Rachel and Rebecca and Penelope, we took Metro #1 to the Bois de Boulogne. P and her mom had already seen the LVF and were anxious to return to the Jardin d'Acclimation, which adjoins the Foundation. Rachel had already seen the Courtauld Collection, twice, in London, but accompanied us mostly to see the LVF building and its permanent collection. The Impressionist exhibit was fine, even illuminating. The museum structure was, as I sometimes say, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Approaching view; yes, looks like a Frank Gehry, but it's
fabric, not titanium

























Suitably-attired security guard
















Gehry's first sketch of the building



















Possibly helpful models...























































Large format/NBA elevator

























We took in a bit of the permanent collection; I hope it's not
really permanent


























Gerhard Richter's Grau #334-3 (1973); so featureless my
camera could find nothing to focus on


























Vicki assists for scale; and focus; with that, we passed on
most of the rest of the collection

























Sculpture

From the high terraces one could hope for fine views of Paris from the west;
this is the Bois de Boulogne, a bit of it




















But the building's orientation and the sails prohibit views of anything of interest























































Just one little snippet

























Us, there; note la belle casquette, which I had just acquired from Emmaus



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